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This weekend I spent an afternoon at the the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF)  2012 Junior Canoe Slalom World Championship Wausau, Wisconsin Whitewater Park. Young paddlers from over thirty countries are participating in the event.

The event is taking place at the Wausau Whitewater Park located in downtown Wausau. Normally there is a small stream flowing through the park but during competitions the dam is opened and the water flow is changed from 70 cubic feet per second to 700 cubic feet per second. The result is one of the best  kayaking venues in the Midwest.

There was a large crowd on hand to watch the paddlers attempt to navigate the course. The goal is to make it through the course in the shortest time. The paddler must navigate through the gates in the right direction. The paddler must navigate the green gates going down stream and the red gates going upstream. Making contact with a gate or missing a gate results in penalties.

It was fun to watch the young athletes checking out the course before the race. They were trying to decide the best approach to get through each of the gates. During the races their teammates and friends would run along the course cheering their compatriots on. The most boisterous group was, by far, the German contingent. One fellow that the German flag strapped to his backpack as he ran along the course.

The course runs north and south so in the morning photographers can ply their trade from the viewing stands on the eastern shore. In the afternoon most of the photographers move over to the western shore. Because much of the eastern shoreline was blocked off the closer shots could be had from the western shore.

More photos from the event can be found on my website.

Wausau Whitewater Park

A couple of weeks ago may wife and I drove over to Wausau to check out the Midwest Freestyle Kayak Championships. We had been to Wausau about 10 years ago to watch a Kayaking event and enjoyed it. Wausau has a fantastic facility for both the participants and the viewer. The Wausau Whitewater Park is located in downtown Wausau and offers a beautiful venue for watching events. Canoe and Kayak events are held throughout the year at the park.

Up and Over

In the freestyle events the Kayakers take turns performing tricks at a single waterfall. The falls are divided by level of difficulty so the beginners perform at one waterfall and the experts at another waterfall.

Where am I

If you have the opportunity I would definitely recommend attending one of the events throughout the year. If you are interested in getting involved in whitewater kayaking you can also take lessons at the Whitewater Park.

Kayak Rescue Team

Between events we walked though the beautiful downtown area. The streets are covered with cobblestones and are pedestrian friendlily. We had lunch at a local eatery. It was a difficult choice between Greek and Mongolian but we chose the Greek place. From the lines it was clear the Mongolian was a popular local choice.

More photos from the event can be found on my website.